Spain to monitor online fake news and give a ‘political response’ to disinformation campaigns

The government will be the arbiter of what constitutes such stories with no representatives from the media or journalist associations involved in the process


Spanish government planning a new state of alarm that will last for many weeks

The Cabinet is due to meet on Sunday morning to approve the emergency measure, which counts on the backing of the majority of the regions to give them a legal framework for coronavirus restrictions


The downfall of Spain’s Juan Carlos I

Spain's emeritus king has been immersed in scandals since 2012, when he was caught in Botswana on a safari trip to kill elephants


Spain to release funds for mass grave exhumations

Government announces €750,000 in grants, nine years after conservatives slashed the budget for historical memory projects


Spain’s economy shrank 34% in the first two weeks of the coronavirus lockdown

The government is counting on EU funds to help with the economic recovery, but faces political disputes at home over the use of the money


Spanish government to extend state of alarm until April 26

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the decision after contacting opposition leaders and scientific experts


Spanish government proposes new national pact for coronavirus recovery effort

After overnight deaths reach a new peak, the executive is also considering extending the state of alarm until April 26


Opposition Popular Party backs stricter lockdown, but slams government “improvisation”

Spain’s biggest labor unions also support the move, but businesses warn of “negative impact” on companies


Galicia, Basque Country to hold early regional elections in April

The vote will take place ahead of polls that have been announced in Catalonia, but that are yet to get an official date


In Spain, opposition vows to fight new executive every step of the way

The leader of the conservative Popular Party withdraws earlier offers of support, saying that PM Pedro Sánchez has left the country “in the hands of terrorists and coup plotters”

Historical memory

How a cigarette pack became a form of anti-Franco resistance

A new exhibition showcases apparently insignificant objects that were nursed as treasures by the families of the executed and the exiled

Spanish politics

In gridlocked Spain, caretaker PM explores an unlikely Plan B

Pedro Sánchez is meeting with leaders of right-of-center parties to determine their willingness to endorse him if his deal with a Catalan separatist party ultimately fails

November 2019 General Election

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

The conservatives have picked up a deputy in the Basque Country, meaning the caretaker PM will need to secure key abstentions or support from another party to retake power

Historical memory

Valley of the Fallen faces uncertain future after Franco’s exhumation

While the caretaker government wants to turn it into a place of memory and reconciliation, long-term plans are on hold until after the national election of November 10


Spain’s PM seeks joint response to growing street violence in Catalonia

There were 51 arrests and 125 people were injured following a night of clashes between police and protesters who lit fires and erected barricades in Barcelona, Tarragona, Sabadell and Lleida


Madrid chief’s talk of “burning churches” upsets Popular Party colleagues

Regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso was attacking the plans of caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to exhume ex-dictator Francisco Franco, but the comments are out of step with the conservative group’s strategy for the upcoming election campaign

Historical memory

Valley of the Fallen: The fight to recover remains from “Spain’s largest mass grave”

Family members of Republicans interred in the controversial site want to exhume their loved ones and give them a dignified burial, but they say the process is taking too long


One hundred days since election, Spain still no closer to forming government

Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is working on a new strategy to win the support of the anti-austerity party Unidas Podemos, which refused to back his investiture bid in July


Once foes, two ex-PMs share concern about state of Spanish politics

Felipe González and José María Aznar agreed that centrality has been lost in recent years


The enduring myths around Spain’s Historical Memory Law

On the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War, the recollection of what happened in the following decades continues to be at the center of a heated political debate


Spain’s Supreme Court suspends the planned exhumation of Franco

The Socialist Party government of Pedro Sánchez has been working on a project to move the remains of the former dictator since last June, but has met the stiff opposition of his family


Spain’s acting PM and opposition leader agree to open talks on Catalan crisis

The move represents a U-turn for Popular Party president Pablo Casado, who garnered a disastrous result at the April 28 election


How a shift to the right prompted the PP’s worst election night in 30 years

The conservative party’s disastrous showing at the April 28 polls proves, for many insiders, that going after supporters of far-right group Vox was a mistake. Here’s how the debacle unfolded


After stinging election defeat, PP chief Pablo Casado does strategy U-turn

Despite months of making overtures to far-right party Vox, the conservative leader has now dismissed the group, with a new campaign aimed at reclaiming the center ground


Spanish politicians clash over Catalonia in first televised debate

The Monday night event revealed the deep divide between the left-wing and right-wing blocs ahead of the general election on April 28


Spain’s election campaign heats up ahead of televised debates

With less than a week to go before the April 28 polls, Spanish political parties are scrambling to win over undecided voters


New poll predicts Socialist Party victory at Spanish elections

The latest CIS survey predicts that current Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will win the highest number of seats in Congress, but fall short of an absolute majority